When engineers write history

Historical ref (Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse, vid with OMG narration)

Tacoma Narrows Bridge failure overview for not-civil-engineers (vid: vortex-shedding, flutter, resonance)


  1. Posted May 21, 2020 at 7:43 am |

    I know the basic physics involved, (Bernoulli, airfoils) and it still amazes me that wind can do that.

    Physicist asks God, “Why is there turbulence?”

    G: “So we can mix drinks.”

  2. DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜
    Posted May 21, 2020 at 1:06 pm |

    leelu ^
    Yeah, but you need to recognize the Satanic parts of physics, too.
    Just when you think you understand chaotic-looking processes like turbulence, Satan introduces vortex-shedding and flutter resonance.

    Resonance is nature’s way of hittin’ an engineer’s knuckles with a ruler when they begin to doze and think the math don’t really make no nevermind in real-life.

    I’ll put an explanatory vid link for vortex shedding, flutter, and resonance up top

  3. Nomen Nescio
    Posted May 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm |

    ^ resonance, ain’t that them frequency waves the herbal life guy was always going on about?

  4. DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜
    Posted May 21, 2020 at 1:52 pm |

    ^ *heh*
    See also: political campaign season

  5. Dave
    Posted May 21, 2020 at 3:35 pm |

    Fun fact: The Tacoma Narrows bridge sections on the floor of the Puget Sound are the largest man-made structure ever lost at sea.

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted May 22, 2020 at 10:15 am |

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